Archive for April 12, 2012

UT Team Takes on Energy Department’s Rooftop Solar Challenge

The Baker Center, along with other UT departments and the Tennessee Solar Institute, is administering a $700,000 DOE grant that the group will use to identify best practices in financing, permitting, and zoning. The goal is to encourage the adoption of an online system to allow residents of four jurisdictions—Knoxville, Franklin, Nashville, and Memphis/Shelby County—to get residential solar permits through an over-the-counter, same-day review process.

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White House Highlights David Bolt as a “Champion of Change” for his Efforts to Advance Corporate Environmental Sustainability

Sustainable Future’s founder David Bolt will be honored today by President Obama. WASHINGTON, DC – On Thursday, April 12th, David Bolt will be one of eight individuals honored at the White House as Champions of Change for demonstrating that corporate environmental leadership makes sense, both for business and for
American communities.
“Cutting waste, reducing energy use and operating more sustainably translates to less pollution and lower utility bills for businesses across the country,” said Nancy Sutley,
Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “The leaders we’ve selected as Champions of Change are proving that sustainable practices work for companies’ bottom lines, and work for the health of American communities.”
The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative. Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.
To watch this event live, visit www.whitehouse.gov/live at 1:30 pm ET on April 12th. David Bolt has a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from The Georgia Institute of
Technology and two Masters of Science Degrees. Since 2003, he has been focused both on living more sustainably and helping others to live more sustainably. He converted his house to a Net Zero Energy home and started Sustainable Future, LLC in 2005 to help others do the same. His house currently produces more energy than it uses and therefore generates more money from the utility company than he owes on his bill. Bolt last paid an electric bill in April of 2006.

We are so proud of David. To have him here in Knoxville accomplishing as much as he has does credit to him, our community and our state of Tennessee.